“I Want to Figure Out How to Get Paid to Sharpen Pencils”

“Once I got into #2 wooden pencils again, it really made me kind of despise mechanical pencils and the people who use mechanical pencils and the people who brag about how their mechanical pencil never needs sharpening. I mean, fuck you.”
-David Rees in “The Finer Points of David Rees

Every day, I go around HPL and make sure all the pencils are sharp. There is something basic and wonderful about a sharp pencil; dull ones are just depressing. This David Rees is onto something.

Thanks to Greg for sending me the link.


  1. Posted December 10, 2012 at 8:46 am | Permalink


  2. adrienne
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    I know, right? He wrote a book, too, that I’m probably going to have to check out.

  3. stephanie
    Posted December 11, 2012 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Mo Rocca did a report on this guy on the 11/25/12 CBS Sunday Morning. I want Mo Rocca’s job!

  4. adrienne
    Posted December 11, 2012 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Maybe that’s something you can pursue in your soon-to-be retirement!

  5. BATMAN(Lucas)
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    I hate how mechanical pencils are so squeaky! whenever I`m in class and I can hear someone across the room writing with one I really want to tell them to shut up, but, really that would just make me look insane … oh wait … I am.

  6. adrienne
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    You are a bit crazy, but it’s only right to dislike mechanical pencils. We have to try to be tolerant of mechanical pencil users, though, even though obviously they’re completely wrong. They just don’t know.

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